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Birth of a Smart Sewer
The series of blizzards in 2015 likely was a once-in-a-lifetime event, so we may never face such a problem again, but if we do, we are prepared. Our new sewer monitoring technology is perhaps the most advanced in the world and may be the model for new vacuum systems to come. The question we began to ask ourselves was, how do you locate problems belowground when the ground is covered by almost 10 ft of snow? We contacted Airvac, and after discussing their various monitoring solutions, we determined a radio-based unit was best for the Plum Island system. We worked closely with the Airvac engineering team and developed a transmitter solution that could be located within the buried valve pit, so none of our roads would be disrupted. Some creative thinking led us to consider geographic information systems (GIS) technology, which is made possible by satellite imaging. With this technology, you can create a detailed map of just about anything, and it is accurate within inches. By mapping the sewers, valve pits, division valves and air intakes, and coupling that information with our existing monitoring system, we can exactly locate every system component. We conveyed all this information to Gerald Whitten of the Merrimac Valley Planning Commission, who worked to develop a draft mobile device application. After a few revisions to the technology, a final version of the app was ready for use. We now have handheld technology that identifies the precise location of a sewer issue. There is no need to visit the central monitoring system at the vacuum station, no guesswork and no wasted time. Vacuum sewers might not be the best solution for every sewer collection application, but for a seaside community like Plum Island, they are the smart solution.
Locations and Contact
Aqseptence Group, Inc., Rochester, IN
Sales and Manufacturing Location
4217 N Old U.S. 31,
Rochester, IN 46975
Tel: +1 574 223 3980
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